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Pipelines International

June 2010

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From the Editor

John Tiratsoo

As Pipelines International went to press in May, BP experts and contractors were endeavouring to bring under control the leaking MC252 (‘Macondo’) oil well, located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 210 km southeast of New Orleans.

Call for tenders for the Juana Azurduy Gas Pipeline

Argentina’s Energía Argentina Sociedad Anónima has called for tenders for the construction of a gas pipeline that will help secure the future of Argentinean gas supply, following a gas supply agreement with Bolivian Fiscal Oilfields.

Tiger snakes across Louisiana

Construction is set to begin on the 283 km Tiger Pipeline, which will transport gas from the East Texas Carthage Hub area and the Haynesville Shale play in Louisiana to markets across the United States. Developer Energy Transfer Partners talks to Pipelines International about the project and challenges to be overcome during construction.

IndianOil turning to gas

IndianOil Corporation is converting its refineries from fossil fuels to natural gas – and has constructed its first natural gas pipeline, which runs from Dadri to Panipat, in the process.

Loan agreement signed for Moroccan slurry pipeline

Office Cherifien des Phosphates and Agence Française de Développement have signed a $US296 million loan agreement to finance a slurry pipeline system, which will transport phosphates from the Khouribga mines to the Jorf Lasfar industrial park in Morocco.

Shannon LNG: securing gas supply in Ireland

Shannon LNG, an Irish subsidiary of Hess LNG Ltd, is planning to construct a €400 million ($US490 million) LNG import terminal and associated pipeline in County Kerry, Ireland, to secure Ireland’s long-term energy security.

ABB to construct Kuwaiti pipeline

Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee has approved a proposal from Swiss firm ABB Engineering Technologies Company to construct a cross-country crude oil pipeline connecting northern Kuwait to Ahmadi, on Kuwait Bay.

Pipes & People

Kirk Barwick heads AMEC Angola operations

NNPC: a pipeline of opportunities

Oil was first discovered in Nigeria in 1956, and since then petroleum products have played a vital role in the national economy, supplying up to 90 per cent of gross earnings. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company speaks with Pipelines International about the challenges of the industry and plans for domestic and international pipeline construction.

Pipeline projects fuel expanding economies in South East Asia

By Stephanie Clancy

South East Asia is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world. Pipelines International brings you the pipeline projects feeding the burgeoning energy appetite of the region by providing a snapshot of the major pipeline projects proposed or currently under construction in each of the petroleum producing South East Asian countries.

A BIG love of pipes: the Buisleiding Industrie Gilde

The Dutch and Belgian pipeline association works to promote pipelines as a sustainable mode of transport via education, training and raising public awareness. Pipelines International spoke to the Association about its background and plans for the future.

The Amazon challenge: Petrobras builds the Urucu – Coari – Manaus Pipeline

Swelling bodies of water, unfavourable soil conditions and the threat of tropical diseases were just some of the challenges overcome by project managers and engineers during the construction of Brazil’s 661 km Urucu – Coari – Manaus Pipeline.

Gazprom to win gold for environmental protection

The construction of a gas pipeline to supply the 2014 Winter Olympic Games venues is setting new standards for environmental management in Russia, with an innovative use of trenchless technologies providing maximum protection for the fragile ecosystem of the Black Sea coast.

Canadian slurry pipelines to flow with carbon dioxide

Innovation continues to drive the pipeline industry as Enbridge and partners develop the world’s first CO2 slurry pipeline, in Alberta, Canada.

Pipeline construction companies handling the heat in desert terrain

By Stephanie Clancy

Constructing pipelines through desert terrain gives rise to a range of logistical challenges.Here, companies experienced in desert environments explain the challenges and how these are overcome.

Discussing weld misalignment, pigging and coating assessment

The June edition of the Journal of Pipeline Engineering, Pipelines International’s sister publication will focus on integrity management issues both before and after pipeline commissioning – from considering the effects of weld misalignment, to the issues associated with precommissioning pigging and new inspection sensors to assess the integrity of pipeline coating.

Regulation round-up

Many government bodies around the world are updating their pipeline standards and regulations to increase public safety and streamline the permits process. Here, Pipelines International surveys developments in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

Screening soil in South Africa

Construction is continuing on Transnet’s Durban to Gauteng Pipeline, with works progressing as smoothly as the backfill soil that is being sifted onto the pipeline via Allu screening buckets.

New methodologies in leak detection

No matter how much attention is given to accident prevention, systems need to be in place to alert pipeline operators in the event of an incident. The in-line Integrated Leak Detection System can provide this safety net.

Trans Alaska Pipeline System

Oil flowed through the 1,287 km Trans Alaska Pipeline System for the first time on 20 June 1977. For the three years prior, following approval of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Authorisation Act in 1974, more than 70,000 people worked to construct the pipeline. Over 30 years on, Pipelines International looks into the history of this feat of engineering over the harsh conditions.

Hands-on in Rio: scenes from the Practical Pigging Operations training course

Discussing all aspects of pigging operations, the five-day Practical Pigging Operations training course was recently held from 12 to 16 April 2010 at CTDUT’s pipeline industry testing facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

CO2 pipeline concerns on the agenda in Newcastle

Colourless, odourless, non-toxic and non-flammable: what issues could such a chemical compound pose to transmission pipeline design and construction? Industry experts will converge in Newcastle, UK, in July to discuss.

Evaluating pipes in Berlin

Involved in the operation and lifetime planning of hydrocarbon pipelines? Make sure you attend the Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Repair of Pipelines Conference & Exhibition to be held on 20 and 21 October at the Marriott Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

IPCE: discussing pipelines in a changing world

What are the latest issues challenging the pipeline industry and what strategies can be used to deal with them? Find out at the 8th International Pipeline Conference and Exposition, to be held from 27 September to 1 October 2010 in Calgary, Canada.

Oh, what a beautiful pipeline: Oklahoma hosts Tulsa Pipeline Expo

Mark your calendars – the Second Annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1–3 September 2010.

Australia’s pipeline industry – local expertise; international influence

Australia’s pipeline industry is highly regarded and its members are well known internationally for their knowledge and expertise – and for their commitment to the industry. The 2010 APIA Annual Convention will further build on the success of the industry.

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